'''Rhode Island''' (, officially the '''State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations''',
is a state in the New England
region of the United States
. Rhode Island is the List of U.S. states and territories by area|smallest in area
, the List of U.S. states and territories by population|eighth least populous
, and the List of U.S. states by population density|second most densely populated
(behind New Jersey
) of the 50 U.S. states; its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut
to the west, Massachusetts
to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean
(via Rhode Island Sound
and Block Island Sound
) to the south.
On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies
to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown,
and later, was the fourth to ratify—February 9, 1778—the Articles...